From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 12:02 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Ashley Anspach; Athen Jensen; Brandon Cooke; email@example.com; Charles Scholes; Chipper Brown; Chris Boston; Christlyn Washburn; Chuck Scholes; Connor Blackwood; Connor Blackwood; Cooper Harlan; Dave Daines; David Lambert; Dick Wilson; Dorothy Jensen; Dreason Chernov; Emily B; Garrett Kingsley Jensen; Gramzon Wingard; Grandpa; Hayden Keck; Holly J; Jennifer Leaver; Jim Jensen; Joan Abbott; Joel Jensen; firstname.lastname@example.org; Kira Heavenly; Laurie Meredith; Melitza; Pandalove8407 Hi; Paul Louis Brede; Sariah Jensen; Shaundelyn Hadfield; Sister Mallary Gardener; Susan Jensen
Subject: Second to Last
I’m blowing my own mind thinking that this is the second to last e-mail I’ll send all of you. How did this happen? How did I get here? Where’s the beef? Who knows?
I forgot to write, and it is much too long ago.
We got a brand-spankin’ new car! I have no clue where the “brand-spankin'” phrase comes from, but wherever it does, it fits the current status of our car. It’s literally a 2018 Toyota Corolla. It is SOO nice. There was 19 miles on it when we picked it up from the church.
Other than that beauty that we have marveled on for the past week, we got home pretty late afterward; like, 2:00 or something like that. So we went and did My Plan, and then tracted until dinner and stuff.
We went with the Santa Fe Elders to Dan’s house to help move a bunch of Yvonne’s stuff over to her house.
Yeah, that took literally the whole day. Dan had us over for lunch and dinner.
Other than visiting people, we reached a point in the day where we tried to find this street that was on our map, but apparently doesn’t exist. So, we took some pictures of the strangely beautiful, yet dead desert.
Afterward, we tracted the street that was right next to it, and one door in we got into an amazing discussion about the Restoration with a 24-year-old. All of his questions just led us through the entire Restoration. Sadly enough, though, he didn’t want to accept a Book of Mormon or a return appointment. But hey, what can you do?
Shoot, I forgot to write on Saturday and Sunday. I’m bad at this thing. I want a computer so I can type instead of write. Anyhow, though, not much happened either of the days, even from what I recall, so that’s not the WORST thing.
Thanks for sticking with me, everyone. I’ll see you next week!
Elder Jensen out.
On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 5:24 AM, Susan Jensen wrote:
Ahhhh! We are getting prepared for you here at home. We got you a bed and are waiting on the mattress. Athen and you will share a room for a couple weeks.
I’m getting worried about Joel. He isn’t thinking about a mission anymore. I know that he needs to go and it’s what the Lord wants. He needs spiritual experiences to help him want it. All he does is go to work then play video games. He doesn’t read scriptures. He doesn’t go to the temple. So of course he isn’t feeling the desire. We really need to pray for him. He needs to get in a place to go. When you get home let’s go to the temple and get his name on the prayer roll and fast for him. He needs your encouragement.
I got a call at 1:30 Friday night from the PG police. They caught Sariah at a park in dads truck with her friend Maxx. She has her phone taken away and is grounded. She’s super sad because now she won’t be able to hang out with Maxx. She says they were just talking and he was helping her thorough her sadness about VB. It was so stupid of her and she sees that now. She’s lucky the police didn’t give her a ticket that would suspend her getting her license until she’s 18.
Ryan Mickelson had his homecoming and we also had a farewell yesterday. It’s so awesome to see these. I wish it would help Joel.
How are you feeling about things? Are you getting excited? Nervous? Sad? I want to know what you are thinking. Jonah, thank you so much for never being a worry very much to me. You are such a wonderful son! You have always been such a good kid and made my heart so happy. I’m so blessed to have you for a son! I hope you feel blessed for having a righteous heart.
love ❤️ you always!
I’ll do everything I can to encourage him. I want him to go too. Beyond that, though, I don’t know if there’s much I can say on the subject.
Well, I’m glad she realized that was stupid of her. I’m just glad to hear nothing worse happened…
I’m sure it is helping Joel. I have faith in him–he’s a really good kid. I think he’ll make the right decision in the end.
Your question about how I feel brings to memory a quote from My Little Pony that I think accurately describes my situation:
(Don’t worry, I didn’t watch the quote, I just found the link google)
I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned, that’s for sure.
My milk expires after I do…. RIP
On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 9:29 AM, Jim Jensen wrote:
Wow, Jonah! I can actually picture the remaining time till we have you home it’s so close. I pretty much know what we’ll be doing on all those days.
This is so exciting.
Tell me about it.
OK, so the Elder Arellano push-up story is just weird. Haha. You’ll probably be glad to get back with a normal family.
I definitely will. I’m so sick of this dumb state, as far as that’s concerned XD
We had our family home evening last night and talked about how you’ll be at one coming up real soon. Mom and are really looking to having you back to help us with the family’s spirituality. We need another player on our team. 😊
I’ll be glad to help, I’m sure.
Not much to say this week other than what Mom said, but I’ve been thinking it would be cool for you to look for changes when you get back. I’d love to hear what you think is different and what you think is the same, so be on the alert as we get you and hang for the first couple weeks.
Okay, I’ll try to remember to do that, ha ha.
Mom was saying she was worried cause April said that Paul went straight back to playing video games when he got home. Which I sort of get, cause, hey, they’re fun. But we’re hoping they get relegated to a small compartment in your life as you are now equipped to pursue much loftier goals.
I think it’s silly that people worry about that. I’ve discussed this with many missionaries, and jumping back into playing video games is literally the same things as jumping back into playing sports or something. People who enjoy sports will get back into playing sports just as much as a person who likes video games. They’re hobbies people tend toward, and each person has different hobbies. I mean, I can say I’ve changed infinitely on my mission, but I still think video games will be fun. Though I’m more mature and wise (hopefully), I still have the same tastes in what I enjoy. That’s why I’m still so excited for archery.
I would be super-interested to hear what you have in your My Plan. I think it’s awesome that they help you do that. I can’t wait to talk to you about your future goals now that you have so much more of a mature perspective on life. In a way it will be kind of sad because you will be coming back to the world and having to deal with mundane problems and ignorance rather than being full time in the service of the Lord. But when you get married and have kids, you’ll have the opportunity to be back in (almost) full time service.
I think they print it out for me to take home at the end of my mission, so there’s that. I’ll have it with me probably.
I’ve been thinking a lot about consecration lately and it makes me feel good. When I went to stake high adventure camp in June, someone commented to me that my pickup truck was going to get a good workout in the desert. I said, That’s OK, cause I am consecrating it to the Lord for this activity. It made me feel good to know that I was putting it in His hands and trusting Him to take care of it, which He did. Since then, I have been thinking more about consecrating everything I earn and my time to my family and their welfare and letting the Lord take care of everything else. It is so much easier when I don’t have to argue out in my mind what portion I should keep for myself and what portion I should allow to be used. It’s an interesting thought path.
That’s true. And you get everything back in return. It’s interesting.
Had a great lesson on the holy priesthood in high priests yesterday. I learned during preparation why the most important ordinance of the sacrament was entrusted to the lesser priesthood instead of the greater priesthood which holds the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church. Since the Lord revealed his covenant with the house of Israel through Moses, he has put the lesser priesthood in charge of the sacrifice that remits sins. In Moses’ day, the Aaronic priesthood officiated in the sacrifice of the lamb for forgiveness of sins for the children of Israel. That same authority is used to officiate in the ordinance that symbolizes the sacrifice of the Lamb of God in our day. To me it’s an internal evidence that Joseph didn’t just make it all up. Would he really have though of that? The logical thing to do would be to assign the sacrament to the higher priesthood. Love it.
Yeah, that’s true. I mean, there’s oodles of proof that he didn’t make this stuff up. Especially the modern day apostles, who are either the most evil men on the planet, the most INSANE men on the planet, or Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have a great week! See ya soon.